Friday, January 1, 2010

Artsy drawers

It's the first day of the new year and if you're like me, you have several 2009 calendars to dispose of. Before chucking them all in the garbage or recycling bins, first see if you can re-use them.

Calendars of all sizes made of paper stock (not cardboard), as long as one side is blank and the paper is not too thin that the print shows through, can be used as note/memo paper. Just cut them into squares or rectangles in the size of your choice. This is best done with a paper cutter or an X-acto knife with a steel ruler and cutting mat; but lacking either, scissors will do, though it will take longer.

The bigger wall calendars that are made of card stock, especially the ones with paintings, photographs and illustrations, make for great drawer and cabinet liners. I use them everywhere, from clothes drawers and the closet we use to store toiletry products to our kitchen cabinets.

old calendars used as drawer liners
Lay the loose sheets down on the drawer bottom, making sure that each piece overlaps with the others. When you are satisfied with both the coverage and the placement of your favorite designs, keep the sheets together with adhesive tape. Pay special attention to the corners—you don't want to accidentally tear the sheet out while getting something near the bottom of the drawer.

These liners may not be as pretty as the big drawer liners you can buy at home centers, but they're more eco-friendly and much sturdier, being able to withstand several years' use as long as there are no accidental spills from food and bath products. And chances are, you will always have replacement sheets every year at no extra cost.

Next, how to re-use smaller card stock desk calendars.


Cezar and Léia said...

As far as I can remember all the calendars we've been using are printed on both sides but the consciousness of recycling is great!
God bless you!

Tes said...

Oh wow...lovely, lovely idea! Am on my way to my closet now. Would do exactly that. I always have nature calendars and most of the time hate to part with... Thanks for this great tip, Hilda!

Gena D said...

Lovely idea Hilda!!! happ ynew year to you too!!! thx for popping by my blog! Gena @ thinking aloud

Jacob said...

Very good's too bad I didn't check out your post before we went out and bought new liner material for our drawers and before we tossed out our old calendars!

Maybe next year!

Sherry Stewart said...

clever Hilda!!